Beauty in the Ordinary

This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Thursday, June 30, 2011

True North Strong and Free

Happy Canada Day!

and welcome to our party

Kate and William

Monday, June 27, 2011

No More Mrs. Nice Guy...

Today, the window-washers
came to our complex.
5 townhouses, 2 free-standing houses...
not a big contract, but I would think fairly easy money...
and hey...times are tough.

They asked me if they could use my water.
Mrs. Nice Guy said "Sure...and guys, I'll even leave
the garage door open so you can access the tap."

I couldn't believe it when I came out
around 6.00.
Not a worker to be found anywhere...
my garage door still open...

Guess who's garage-door windows did NOT get cleaned?

What is the matter with these guys?
They knew I was home,
all they had to do was knock on the door, say thank you,
and make sure the garage door was down so they could clean my windows!

Sorry, World...but no more Mrs. Nice Guy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Keeping it Special...

My neighbour is wrestling with a bit of an issue at the moment.

Her husband has retired...and her work schedule gives them both a 
lot of free time.

As I have mentioned many times, our little part of the world
is amazing in all that it offers abundance, both in the way of natural beauty and interesting things to see and do.

So the other day, Laurie asked me:

"If every day we either golf, go for long walks beside the lake,
pop into one of the numerous vineyards to chat with the wine-makers and taste a new do we keep life special?
  If these are our every-day things, then nothing is going to be special again."

I think she has it backwards.

By being in this amazing environment, I think we are being given the opportunity to realize that LIFE IS SPECIAL...all of it.

Every morning, that cup of coffee I drink is delicious, sublimely delicious,
provided I stay in the moment and savour every sip.  No matter that I have a cup of coffee EVERY morning of EVERY DAY.

So...the opportunity to walk our little golf course and play 9-holes as the sun is setting with my husband is matter how often we do it, or how badly I play!

So what is the secret here?

How does this remain forever special?

Gratitude...pure and simple...

and keeping our hearts wide open...right V?

That's how you keep it special Laurie.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ch Ch Ch Chia!

Ok ... I've written about



So what's next?

Get ready


Ch Ch Ch Chia!

Now I don't want you all to rush out and buy a Chia Pet!
I want you to buy Chia Seeds.

My daughter dropped by today and brought me a jar of
Chia seeds soaked in almond milk, coconut milk and honey.

It was delicious!

You soak the Chia seeds in the milks and honey with a little water, once the seeds
have absorb some of the liquid they become gel, rather like tapioca.
They make an excellent source of fibre,
are high in Omega 3's and are the highest vegetable source of
Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids and oils are useful for
absorbing fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
They are also helpful in absorbing calcium.
They are fairly tasteless so you can use them in salad dressings,
smoothies, breakfast oats and puddings.


and don't worry I promise you,
you will not end up looking like this!

With love from Victoria

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Could you please move, you're right in front of the quinoa!" = Priceless!

"Don't Block the Quinoa!"

I thought I would share this video... so funny!
Gotta love those shopping carts!

But seriously, I do love my Quinoa, so here is a recipe for a salad
I just made, it was delicious!

Quinoa Bocconcini and Oregano Salad

The delicate flavour of this popular Italian cheese and the crisp
vegetables blend perfectly with the oregano vinaigrette.

3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup diced aucchini
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup frozen baby green peas, thawed
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano (or 2 tsp dried oregano)
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
pinch salt
pinch ground black pepper
1 cup halved mini bocconcini cheese pieces

Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for
another 4 minutes. Remove lid and fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork. Set aside to completely cool.
Combine the zucchini, tomatoes, onion, peas and red and yellow pepper in a large bowl.
Whisk the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables and thoroughly mix all ingredients.
Add the quinoa and the bocconcini and mix until evenly combined.
Serve immediately or for up to 3 days.

"It's getting real at the Whole Foods . . .
. . . Don't block the Quinoa!"

with love from Victoria

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Poor Seamus, better luck next time!


Dionne Brand (left), Canadian winner, for Ossuaries
Gjertrud Schnakenberg, International Winner, for Heavenly Questions
photographed here with Scott Griffin.

Monday, June 13, 2011


As fun as it was,

as wonderful as everyone was,

as exciting as the adventure was...

never has anything...

ever been more appreciated,

than just being home...

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Up through central and northern Florida

through Georgia

we landed late last night at Spa Angle in North Carolina.

We are here until tomorrow,

and then,

back on the road again...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

...and we're off!

...the car's loaded and we are on our way!

First stop, the smokey mountains of North Carolina 

hope you are ready for us Tally-girl!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

wait, wait, wait, wait, wait...

Here we are in Florida,

the house is sold...

the furniture is sold...

art work is packed...we are ready to go!

But we wait

for a gadget for the pool pump...

for a piece for the shades...

for the box for the top of the car to arrive!

So perhaps the Universe is sending me a message...

chill out...relax...

perhaps it's not quite the right moment to leave.
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